It pays to be a bureaucrat in Pakistan

Published: October 28, 2010
Successive prime ministers have distributed plots worth millions among officials.

Successive prime ministers have distributed plots worth millions among officials.

ISLAMABAD: The parliamentary watch-dog of the government, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), is in possession of a list of 450 members of the bureaucracy who have benefitted from the riches on offer via the plot allotment policy promoted by successive prime ministers.

These plots, given to top bureaucrats, were mostly allotted in the most expensive I-8 sector, where one plot is worth over Rs40million in the open market. The list also contains the names of non-bureaucrats, who were probably friends or relatives of past prime ministers.

However, this list, submitted by the housing ministry, does not directly name the prime ministers who made the allotments in up-market residential localities to their preferred civil servants. Sources privy to the intrigues of the capital said that it is only after incumbent prime ministers use their discretionary powers to dish out a round of plots among senior civil servants do they start getting the bureaucrats’ cooperation in governance.

The official documents tabled before the PAC and exclusively available with The Express Tribune reveal that former prime ministers allotted plots in I-8, E-12 and D-12 sectors.

The exclusive and so far secret list of these beneficiaries of past prime ministers’ discretionary powers, were sought by the chairman PAC Ch. Nisar Ali Khan in one of the recent meetings at Islamabad.

However, the ministry of housing and works has not shared full details with the PAC.

Sources said that, without identifying the chief executives of the country that had misused their discretionary powers, this whole exercise, undertaken on the orders of the PAC, would amount to nothing.

One official source said that the list has been made ambiguous by withholding a number of important facts in order to hide the real motives behind the allotments to civil servants by past prime ministers.

In the list, the ministry of housing and works has only given the subject “list of applicants to whom plots were allotted – special allocation.” No further details have been given about these ‘special allocations’ and how they were made.

Some of the big names of the past who benefitted from such allotments were: A Rehman Malik, Javed Masood, Shaukat  Hussain, Zaheeurdin Babar, Mumtaz Ahmad, Masood Sahrif (former IB chief), Rabia Noor, Shaukat Ali Sheikh, Zafar Ali Hilali (former ambassador), Javed Hassan Aly (civil servant), Abdul Rauf Ch, Ahmed Masood Chaudhri, Abdul Waheed Qazi, Riaz Hussain Qureshi (former PPP MNA from Multan), Aslam Shami, S K Mehmood, Aslam Shami, Manzoor Memon, Aslam Hayat Qureshi (former Chief Secretary Punjab),  Mirza Qaswar Saeed (former DG Public Relations Farooq Leghari), Zaheer Khan, Syed Mohib Asad (former DG FIA), Javed Akthar Sheikh, Sardar Anwar Ahmed Khan, Ashfaq Mahmood, Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Mutawakil Qazi, Shauja Shah, Zafar Hussain Mirza ( judge), Shamsher Ali Khan (former principal secretary to President Farooq Leghari), Mohammad Shoaib Suddle (former IG Karachi), Khawaja Mohammad Hamid, Syed Anwar Mahmood, Javed Masood, Ashiq Hussain Qureshi, Nek Mohammad, Zulfikar Ali Khan (major general) and others.

The list of higher judiciary judges who were given plots in the past and even during the present government on the orders of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani as a part of an ‘Assistance Package’ was carried by The Express Tribune on Wednesday.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 28th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (32)

    Oct 28, 2010 - 9:05AM


    Shni Dharti Allah Rukhay Qadam Qadm Abad ……

    Allah Mian Jee, when the dream of two million innocent those sacrificed their lives for a peaceful Muslim homeland will became reality…? Helpless people of Pakistan looking towards sky for their best.Recommend

    Oct 28, 2010 - 9:49AM

    elite deserve more plots. do not worry. this practice will continue. Recommend

  • Bashir A. Malik
    Oct 28, 2010 - 10:04AM

    Bravo Chairman PAC and your Mr. Rauf Klasra for unveiling loot by high ranking bureaucrats of very expensive Rs 40 million plots in CDA. These plots belong to the people of Pakistan not to the prime ministers. This robbery of people’s property by elite robber barons prime ministers to win loyalty of judges and bureaucrats should be put a stop to at once. Bashir a. MalikRecommend

  • Asmat Jamal
    Oct 28, 2010 - 10:22AM

    “These plots, given to top bureaucrats, were mostly allotted in the most expensive I-8 sector, where one plot is worth over Rs40million in the open market”.
    The list does not contain the riches that these bureaucrats amass by looting the public money throughout their careers. The budgets allocated to the departments is eaten away. This termite like behavior starts as soon as he joins service.
    Bureacrats are the real stumble block in the development of the country and hyping the poverty.
    There is is dire need for civil service reforms other wise this country will meets it demice before it is expected.Recommend

  • Rizwan T Khan
    Oct 28, 2010 - 10:26AM

    Islam says Jaisi awam waisa hukumran….so dont curse anyone else but YOURSELF. You want a change, change yourself first. If we want a peaceful honest and non-corrupt Pakistan, then lets change our own self right from today or else……..keep dreaming!!Recommend

  • A Suhail
    Oct 28, 2010 - 10:47AM

    While politicians are the punching bag of all in Pakistan, now one dares question the bureaucracy or lootacracy and the all powerful savior of our country Pakistan army. If we just do a little math we will find out thw two later entities I mentioned are responsible for lion share of corruption in Pakistan. Politicians can be thrown out, put in jail or kicked out of the country but same cant be said for our beloved bureaucracy and army. Its just makes my blood boil to read these stories.Recommend

  • K Hasan
    Oct 28, 2010 - 10:48AM

    A large number of cases have been highlighted in media that poor parents are forced to sell their beloved children in Markets like the older times but on the other hand our saintlike and austere natured rulers and serving precious plots to high official just because they take care of their vested interests.
    Shame on public’s elected representatives.Recommend

  • RG
    Oct 28, 2010 - 10:58AM

    Just one question what have these people given back to Pakistan? they just showed the way to there masters how to LOOT and PLUNDER … which is still going on Bureacrats/Army/Politcal Parties/Fedual Lords and the SC are all in hand and glove..just the poor tax payer is the SUCKER in this countryRecommend

  • Atiq Rehman
    Oct 28, 2010 - 10:58AM

    They should also be given plots in the H8 graveyardRecommend

  • kashif
    Oct 28, 2010 - 11:43AM

    i dont think there was anything wrong with these allotments, as the allotees are the employees of govt. and it certainly is the resposibility of the state to care for their housing requirments, what about generals?Recommend

  • Qasim
    Oct 28, 2010 - 11:51AM

    Sometimes i wonder how these people are dumping money/public resources into their TAJORIES,,, yes they are entitled to some benefits but getting them from all the governments is absolutely not understandable. can they see the people dying for hunger and doing suicides just because they have nothing to feed themselves and their hungry kids… it is a very ugly reality of our ruling class which come from a community who never experienced hunger and fight for the very basic necessities of life. It is the time to wake up and make them change (correctly) their way of governance.Recommend

  • Ammar
    Oct 28, 2010 - 12:17PM

    These bureaucrats are public servants and their royal lifestyles are contrary to this definition. Government should post clean people on ministerial post who have moral authority to assert themselves on this corrupt bureaucracy. They will be the real hindrance in the implementation of 18th Amendment. I am confident that Raza Rabbani has the capability to get it implemented, no matter what hurdle these corrupt people create. These are the things PAC needs to do. PAC should also take up the locomotives scandal of Pervez Musharraf time since it was highlighted by the man who is now the chairman of PAC.Recommend

  • Gul Khan
    Oct 28, 2010 - 12:17PM

    The true enemies of people of Pakistan. They are __. I wish some one will make example out of them.Recommend

  • Ammar
    Oct 28, 2010 - 12:18PM

    Good work Rauf! Keep it up…Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Oct 28, 2010 - 12:38PM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.This is the oldest and most favorite habit of our present corrupt and NRO certified leaders that they use such these types of tactics to purchase the consciousness of the high level officers posted on key posts.Also not this our armed forces officers on the time of retirement and also sometimes during the service are given the most expensive plots absolutely free against their services for armed forces except heavy salaries and allowances.So therefore the poor nation should never be surprised on this PM Gillani’s action and this is the biggest dilemma,coercion and complusion of civil government to do such these types of substandard activities to complete 5 years’ tenure.Recommend

  • R.Raheem
    Oct 28, 2010 - 1:17PM

    Good Work Rauf! Will this make any difference to the rulers, I seriously doubt.Recommend

  • RhyMe
    Oct 28, 2010 - 1:24PM

    Like politicians like Generals,Bureaucrats too sail in the same boat!….Recommend

  • samiullah
    Oct 28, 2010 - 1:45PM

    yes i totally agree with you. These politicion pay big time to secure their seats. Its just ridiculous talking about themRecommend

  • Oct 28, 2010 - 1:48PM

    yes it will make a difference. Your really sincere? i doubtRecommend

  • Copper
    Oct 28, 2010 - 1:52PM

    bravo Rauf Klasra!Recommend

  • Meekal Ahmed
    Oct 28, 2010 - 2:14PM

    I am still not clear.

    Are these “plots” alloted free?

    I hope someone can clarify. Recommend

  • RG
    Oct 28, 2010 - 2:47PM

    40 mio worth ..they can get them for a few thousands… development charges they call them…this is a joke with this nation…Recommend

  • Oct 28, 2010 - 5:14PM

    Right, now next could we get a list of all the Generals who are getting plots on throwaway prices, and agricultural land across the country, or do they enjoy an immunity from ridicule. Recommend

  • Saeed Khan
    Oct 29, 2010 - 12:05AM

    This resourceful country is historically exploited, first by the English and then when the English decided to leave they gave us a gift of Bureaucracy. Wake-up Pakistan before its too late…..Recommend

  • Ben
    Oct 29, 2010 - 12:14AM

    It pays to be a Federal secretary in Pakistan. Please correct the title. Also give an analysis how much it pays to be a journalist.Recommend

  • Oct 29, 2010 - 1:03AM

    Whats new in this by the way? All of them will get away with this and nothing will be done.Recommend

  • A Naheed
    Oct 29, 2010 - 8:37AM

    Am I black listed??Recommend

  • Oct 29, 2010 - 10:46AM

    politics is good bussiness in pakistan.and make sure you can get this business with fake eductaional degree.i miss my country.Recommend

  • Oct 29, 2010 - 12:30PM

    Rauf Klasra’s reports are clear indications of the reasons for unaddressed problems of the people. The “Four Pillars of the State” provide ample opportunities to their direct beneficiaries to enjoy a socially, economically and physically well protected life.

    Their jobs are secure, their houses and movements are guarded by officially provided security guards, their health facilities and insurance are free, they do not pay for fuel and utilities, they are given plots at concessionary rates and then they are entitled to pension also! For doing what? Half of the country has been lost! only less than 4.8% of budget is spent on three public related social sector heads: Education, Health and Law and Order! People prefer to send their children to private schools, patients prefer to go to private clinics and police asks the citizens to recruit their own security guards for their protection! We are spending 100 rupees on three pillars of the state expecting from them to think and work for us but what are we getting in return – a sub-standard service and protection worth Rs. 4.80 with a total waste of Rs.95.20!

    Now I ask a simple question: If someone hires me and I tell him that I will take a salary of hundred rupees but in return I will earn only five rupees for my employer. Will the employer give me the job? I go to a shop and pick up a product worth hundred rupees and tell the shop keeper that I will pay only five rupees. Will the shop keeper allow me to buy the product?


    What is the way out? A constitutional overhaul! A legal review! A need for mass awareness movement! I do not know from where to begin but some day some one will have to throw the FIRST STONE to break the house made of glass and enable us to see the realities through our naked eyes!Recommend

  • A Suhail
    Oct 29, 2010 - 1:23PM

    @Zaid Hussain. All of points you raise should make us Pakistan’s ponder about the current predicament we find ourselves in. Its easy to blame Zardari or Nawaz etc for our troubles and its easy to fantasize that Mush will solve all our troubles when he lands. One man is not the problem and one man can not solve the problem of Pakistan. Our Army, bureaucracy, judiciary are corrupt and they look after their own interests.
    No one asked these judges, general etc to choose the profession they choose. They made the decision and we pay them for the job they do and we as a country do not have to give them incentives like free plots, free servants etc to do their job. I, as a private citizen working to create jobs in this country, do not pay taxes so that a public servant can retire on a million dollar plot with multiple cars at his/her disposal. These individuals do not choose public office to help the country but only to help themselves. A complete ban of this despicable practice of giving land to all these men of bloated egos should be enforced. If any of these think they deserver more money for the job they are doing they can resign and start their own business.Recommend

  • Oct 29, 2010 - 7:39PM

    Yeah I know. Disturbing, isn’t it? But I wonder why wouldn’t anybody write something the big-shot journalists who have been granted the same riches in the posh areas of Capital? Why wouldn’t anybody write about the tax waivers and custom waivers granted in the name of “support in good faith” to the “bosses” of media mafia? Personally, I think politicians are a lot better than us Journalists when it comes to accountability. At least they have institutes and committees like NAB and PAC in place, though politically inclined but they do their job nonetheless. Unlike the untouchables, the media mafia!Recommend

  • pacifist
    Oct 29, 2010 - 11:07PM

    A prospective civil servant has to work hard for years and then is able to pass the notoriously competitive exam but s/he only gets a petty amount of salary and lots of discretion. Dont blame the once-idealistic young guy turning into a plot-obsessed creature.
    correct this corruption calculus.Recommend

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